The Very Best of Burt Bacharach [Rhino]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Rhino's exquisite three-disc The Look of Love, this set does not concentrate on proper Burt Bacharach recordings. Instead, it contains versions of Bacharach's greatest songs, usually the greatest versions -- or cuts that are damn close to the greatest versions. And, really, that's what makes it magical, since Bacharach wasn't the best interpreter of his material -- vocalists like Dionne Warwick, Sandie Shaw, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, and the Shirelles were. This doesn't contain every one of his great songs or recordings, and it does run out of steam toward the end, when "That's What Friends Are For" rears its ugly head, but there are no other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Rhino's exquisite three-disc The Look of Love, this set does not concentrate on proper Burt Bacharach recordings. Instead, it contains versions of Bacharach's greatest songs, usually the greatest versions -- or cuts that are damn close to the greatest versions. And, really, that's what makes it magical, since Bacharach wasn't the best interpreter of his material -- vocalists like Dionne Warwick, Sandie Shaw, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, and the Shirelles were. This doesn't contain every one of his great songs or recordings, and it does run out of steam toward the end, when "That's What Friends Are For" rears its ugly head, but there are no other single-disc collections that offer such a succinct, accurate overview of Bacharach at his best, as a melodicist and songwriter. The Very Best Of starts to flow with "Baby It's You," and then runs through such indelible classics as "There's Always Something There to Remind Me" by Sandie Shaw, "Walk on By" by Dionne Warwick, "What the World Needs Now Is Love" by Jackie DeShannon, and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" by B.J. Thomas, among many, many others. Yes, it's possible to point out songs that should have been here, but what's here is nearly impeccable though the last three songs, with the possible exception of Christopher Cross' "Arthur's Theme," should have been replaced by better songs from the '60s. There is no better, succinct introduction to the glories of Burt Bacharach than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227672126
  • Catalog Number: 76721
  • Sales rank: 2,395

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burt Bacharach Primary Artist, Conductor
Dionne Warwick Track Performer
Christopher Cross Track Performer
Elton John Track Performer
Gladys Knight Track Performer
Gene Pitney Track Performer
The Shirelles Track Performer
Dusty Springfield Track Performer
Sandie Shaw Track Performer
Jackie DeShannon Track Performer
Reg Guest Accompaniment
B.J. Thomas Track Performer
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bill Holman Arranger
Larry Wilcox Arranger
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Arranger, Producer
Bob Alcivar Arranger
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Hal David Producer
Wally Gold Producer
Bones Howe Arranger, Producer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Michael Omartian Producer, String Arrangements
Aaron Schroeder Producer
Peter Sullivan Producer
John Franz Producer
Luther Dixon Producer
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Chris Cuffaro Cover Photo
Andrew Garver Remastering
Mack David Composer
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Chris Andrews Producer
Stephen Paley Producer
Barney Williams Composer
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